Kevin Anderson rates his chances ahead of ATP Finals

Sherman Parsons
November 12, 2018

The ATP Finals is one of the wealthiest tournaments on the tour in terms of prize money and on a par with the Grand Slams.

Roger Federer is looking for a 100th singles title in London this week, but he will have to go the long way round after losing his opening match last night in a flurry of miscued groundstrokes.

The 25-year-old Austrian rallied in a far more competitive second set but couldn't force a break point despite taking Anderson to deuce on two occasions.

"He looked like a shell of a man in the second set".

En route to the final, he upset one of the game's greats in another lengthy encounter, as he had a bit more fuel in the tank to prevail by winning the final set 13-11. Both sides were hit by high-profile absences but world number 31 Katerina Siniakova beat Sofia Kenin in a marathon three-set battle to clinch victory.

Anderson was aggressive from the start, proved impregnable on his big first serve, and showed huge nerve in an 18-minute second set tiebreak. "That was the key of the match, that sort of 10-minute swing at the end of the first until maybe 1-1 in the second". "He knows me very well apparently, or he thought so".

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He is set to renew rivalries with the Swiss maestro after his meeting with Thiem, before squaring off against Japan's Kei Nishikori, whom he lost to in the final of the Paris Masters earlier this month.

Federer is targeting a record-extending seventh title at the prestigious tournament but suggested that his pre-tournament practice, described as "a bit all over the place" due to playing at different venues may have been a factor.

Isner said of facing Djokovic on "I'm going up against the number one player in the world. The level went up but unfortunately I couldn't keep the lead that I got early".

It's not the first time he has lost his first match at the ATP Finals.

In fact, eight of the top 10 players in the world were sharing the train with regular passengers on the way to Westminster station and the English Houses of Parliament for the launch of the Nitto ATP Finals.

Thiem had two set points of his own at 7-6 and 9-8, but Anderson's serve held firm. I mean (Frances) Tiafoe takes the towel after every point and (Stefanos) Tsitsipas takes the towel after an ace or double fault. Everyone I'm going to play this week is ranked ahead of me so it's a pretty unique spot that I'm in. They haven't played since 2016.

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